We’re down to the final four and the Cricket World Cup odds on ViratKohli and Co have been keeping them as favorites since they won the group stage. Now, as they square off for the first time against New Zealand in the semi-finals, they’re held to be 3/10 favorites to beat the Kiwis at Bet365, one of the best online sportsbook sites in the UK these days, and go on to win the trophy. Although much of that speculation seems to be based on some teenage history twixt the captains.
It’s a long way to Old Trafford from Kuala Lumpur (about 6,600 miles) and eleven years on from them captaining their respective Under 19s sides in a World Cup semi-final there, Kiwi Kane Williamson for New Zealand and Indian ViratKohli find themselves leading their national sides out in Manchester for an awfully similar game. Indeed some of the Cricket World Cup odds on ViratKohli led India for this match might well just be leaning on the evidence of ancient history.
Doubtless both men have changed over the years, but the bookies like Bet365, one of the best places to bet on sports in the UK today, missed out on the chance to see the two sides clash in the group stages after their match at Trent Bridge was abandoned due to rain. Naturally much can be gleaned from their other results, India only lost one match and New Zealand three which is another reason why the Cricket World Cup odds on ViratKohli and Co are 3/10 to beat the kiwis.
Kuala Lumpur History Shadows Semi Final
In Kuala Lumpur India won by three wickets, and went on to win the tournament, something Williamson might care to ignore (having only got 37 from 80 balls in his innings there) and the Cricket World Cup odds on ViratKohli and Co pretty much have them down to do the same again in 2019. Of course, England are still in the mix as are Australia, the two meeting in the other semi-final later in the week, but the bookies like Bet365, and the media, love a narrative.
Cricket World Cup Odds
Just how much of a story of revenge you can spin out of two professional cricketers both remaining very good at their sport for over a decade is unclear, but that won’t stop the tabloids, or social media ladling on the comparisons and insinuations. New Zealand only get 5/2 to beat India at Old Trafford, and that barely makes them worth taking advantage of UK gambling laws to back, although the weather might play into the hands of the Kiwis if they’re very, very lucky.
Cricket World Cup Odds OnViratKohli And Co 15/8 At Bet365
The washout in the group stages might have left the bookies groping in the dark a little ahead of this semi-final, the Cricket World Cup odds on ViratKohli and Co still a tad cagey for what should be a very easy game for them. Williamson has held New Zealand together admirably but that won’t be enough against the likes of Rohit Sharma who has scored 647 already this tournament, although perhaps Mitchell Starc who has taken 26 wickets just might be on the day.
CWC Semi Final Odds
Bet365, one of the best online betting sites in the UK at present, then offer up distinctly closer odds than at first sight you’d think they ought be. However, at this level of the game and in the pressure cooker of a semi-final the Cricket World Cup odds on ViratKohli and Co against Williamson’s warriors were never going to be very long. We all know how this one is probably going to go, just as it did in Kuala Lumpur, but we none of us can be certain of that just yet.